Tannenberg Fusiliers

This Fusilier of the 4053rd Tannenburg Regiment is shown in the battledress most commonly worn by troops from his homeworld, as he and countless thousands of his compatriots would have been equipped at the outset of the Defence of Tannenburg campaign. All fabric is interwoven with medium weight ballistic compression fibre, providing limited protection against solid rounds, and his rifle is locally manufactured and considerably more robust than the mass produced, cheaply made examples carried by the invaders.

The Tannenberg Fusiliers

Tannenburg is an ancient system situated towards the tip of the Orion-Cygnus arm at the confluence of a number of trans-quadrant shipping routes. Over many centuries Tannenburg has fought numerous wars against its human neighbours and against countless alien invasions, and despite being razed to ashes on at least a dozen separate occasions stands as proud today as it ever was.

Perhaps because of its long history of warfare with its neighbours, Tannenburg is a highly militarised society. Its holdings have been steadily expanded outwards so that a sphere of power several light years across and the size of the average sub-quadrant now falls under Tannenburg’s rule. Each of these worlds is a mighty fastness, fortified and surrounded by an impregnable ring of super-heavy, surface to orbit ordnance. Countless invaders have learned to their detriment the folly of assaulting any of the score and more of the Tannenburg worlds.

The people of Tannenburg are known for their dour but dutiful nature, and it is common practise for every citizen to spend at least a decade in the army. This they do willingly, for they know that in bearing arms against their homeworld’s enemies they are at once pushing back the borders of wild space and holding back the limitless tide of alien invaders that would otherwise consume their beloved society.

The armies of Tannenburg are extremely well drilled and highly professional. They are equipped the finest weapons and gear the homeworld’s highly-developed native industry can produce, all of which is constructed to the highest standard possible. Despite their legendary adherence to the strictest codes of honour and discipline however, the Tannenburg Fusiliers are far from hidebound or unthinking. Officers and men of all ranks are encouraged to use their native intelligence and ingenuity to overcome any tactical situation not covered in the extensive operational manuals with which each and every fusilier is provided. As a result, the armies of Tannenburg are unusually well motivated.

The armies of Tennenburg are controlled by a professional class of martial leaders, in which every scion of the homeworld’s noble houses is expected to serve. This body is responsible for all issues relating to the defence of Tannenburg’s holdings, from mass conscription to the development of new strategic doctrine. Over the centuries, the Tennenburg General Staff have developed a highly aggressive interpretation of their duty, pushing ever outwards into unclaimed systems surrounding their own core worlds in order to establish a vast buffer zone against invasion. Though none can say for sure, it is likely that at least a three dozen formerly unclaimed systems around Tannenburg are host to garrisons, listening posts and muster points, any one of which could be used as a forward staging post for a defence of Tannenburg territory or indeed and invasion of nearby regions.

Tannenberg Palace Guard in full dress uniform.

Needless to say, several of Tannenburg’s neighbours have become increasingly concerned about this policy of steady expansion. In the last century alone, at least a score of border clashes have been reported between Tannenburg forces and those of its neighbours, and it is likely that dozens more have gone unreported to the authorities at large.

The Defence of Tannenburg

Three decades ago, a confederation of systems bordering Tannenburg space plotted in secret to push back the encroaching world’s holdings, launching a massive incursion along a wide front. Tannenburg’s enemies believed the vast numbers of troops they could between them field would rapidly overwhelm even the highly professional regiments of much vaunted Fusiliers. While the enemy certainly had the advantage of numbers, they utterly failed to factor in the far ranging planning of the Tannenburg General Staff, who had predicted such an attack more than five years earlier, and set in motion an extensive plan to oppose it.

The instant enemy troop ships crossed into Tannenburg controlled space, the entire Tannenburg army was mobilised to oppose it. So well developed was the general staff’s plan that the far smaller Tannenburg army could deploy against each of the assaulting waves with stunning rapidity, defeat it before it could fully deploy, and then re-deploy to confront the next wave. Over the course of three months the Tannenburg regiments engaged and utterly destroyed a force almost ten times their own number, the planning and flexible doctrines of the general staff more than making up for the disparity in numbers. Despite the unprecedented scope of the Defence of Tannenburg, the fusilier regiments sustained huge losses, but they did so with supreme stoicism and nobility, each and every warrior proud to fight, and if necessary to die for their sake of their beloved homeworld.

ART BY MICHAL BERNAT


This Fusilier of the 4053rd Tannenburg Regiment is shown in the battledress most commonly worn by troops from his homeworld, as he and countless thousands of his compatriots would have been equipped at the outset of the Defence of Tannenburg campaign. All fabric is interwoven with medium weight ballistic compression fibre, providing limited protection against solid rounds, and his rifle is locally manufactured and considerably more robust than the mass produced, cheaply made examples carried by the invaders.

The Tannenberg Fusiliers

Tannenburg is an ancient system situated towards the tip of the Orion-Cygnus arm at the confluence of a number of trans-quadrant shipping routes. Over many centuries Tannenburg has fought numerous wars against its human neighbours and against countless alien invasions, and despite being razed to ashes on at least a dozen separate occasions stands as proud today as it ever was.

Perhaps because of its long history of warfare with its neighbours, Tannenburg is a highly militarised society. Its holdings have been steadily expanded outwards so that a sphere of power several light years across and the size of the average sub-quadrant now falls under Tannenburg’s rule. Each of these worlds is a mighty fastness, fortified and surrounded by an impregnable ring of super-heavy, surface to orbit ordnance. Countless invaders have learned to their detriment the folly of assaulting any of the score and more of the Tannenburg worlds.

The people of Tannenburg are known for their dour but dutiful nature, and it is common practise for every citizen to spend at least a decade in the army. This they do willingly, for they know that in bearing arms against their homeworld’s enemies they are at once pushing back the borders of wild space and holding back the limitless tide of alien invaders that would otherwise consume their beloved society.

The armies of Tannenburg are extremely well drilled and highly professional. They are equipped the finest weapons and gear the homeworld’s highly-developed native industry can produce, all of which is constructed to the highest standard possible. Despite their legendary adherence to the strictest codes of honour and discipline however, the Tannenburg Fusiliers are far from hidebound or unthinking. Officers and men of all ranks are encouraged to use their native intelligence and ingenuity to overcome any tactical situation not covered in the extensive operational manuals with which each and every fusilier is provided. As a result, the armies of Tannenburg are unusually well motivated.

The armies of Tennenburg are controlled by a professional class of martial leaders, in which every scion of the homeworld’s noble houses is expected to serve. This body is responsible for all issues relating to the defence of Tannenburg’s holdings, from mass conscription to the development of new strategic doctrine. Over the centuries, the Tennenburg General Staff have developed a highly aggressive interpretation of their duty, pushing ever outwards into unclaimed systems surrounding their own core worlds in order to establish a vast buffer zone against invasion. Though none can say for sure, it is likely that at least a three dozen formerly unclaimed systems around Tannenburg are host to garrisons, listening posts and muster points, any one of which could be used as a forward staging post for a defence of Tannenburg territory or indeed and invasion of nearby regions.

Tannenberg Palace Guard in full dress uniform.

Needless to say, several of Tannenburg’s neighbours have become increasingly concerned about this policy of steady expansion. In the last century alone, at least a score of border clashes have been reported between Tannenburg forces and those of its neighbours, and it is likely that dozens more have gone unreported to the authorities at large.

The Defence of Tannenburg

Three decades ago, a confederation of systems bordering Tannenburg space plotted in secret to push back the encroaching world’s holdings, launching a massive incursion along a wide front. Tannenburg’s enemies believed the vast numbers of troops they could between them field would rapidly overwhelm even the highly professional regiments of much vaunted Fusiliers. While the enemy certainly had the advantage of numbers, they utterly failed to factor in the far ranging planning of the Tannenburg General Staff, who had predicted such an attack more than five years earlier, and set in motion an extensive plan to oppose it.

The instant enemy troop ships crossed into Tannenburg controlled space, the entire Tannenburg army was mobilised to oppose it. So well developed was the general staff’s plan that the far smaller Tannenburg army could deploy against each of the assaulting waves with stunning rapidity, defeat it before it could fully deploy, and then re-deploy to confront the next wave. Over the course of three months the Tannenburg regiments engaged and utterly destroyed a force almost ten times their own number, the planning and flexible doctrines of the general staff more than making up for the disparity in numbers. Despite the unprecedented scope of the Defence of Tannenburg, the fusilier regiments sustained huge losses, but they did so with supreme stoicism and nobility, each and every warrior proud to fight, and if necessary to die for their sake of their beloved homeworld.

ART BY MICHAL BERNAT